This book has been researched during periods of sabbatical research leave granted by the University of Stirling, for which I am grateful. Like many books Sport, Revolution and the Beijing Olympics owes its existence to many people. Berg publishers and, in particular, Hannah and Kathryn have been extremely patient as this book progressed from initial idea to draft to completion – thank you. The advice given by two anonymous reviewers helped to sharpen up our thinking on some aspects of this study. This study is meant to complement and add to previous research into sport in China and therefore it would be remiss of us not to mention the contribution made by Susan Brownell, Dong Jinxia and Fan Hong to name but a few. Henning Eichberg and Jim Riordan have commented upon earlier drafts of this manuscript.